LEVIE - LIVIA

At an altitude of a little over 600 m this large parish stretches over a distance of 17km, between the valley of the Rizzanese and the Pianu di Levie to the north and the Cagna mountain to the south. It can nowadays be defined at the administrative centre of the Alta Rocca. Dating from the 15th century and the merging of several villages, Levie still has to this day well defined districts in each of which you may find buildings of remarkable architectural style : Santa Cruci, to The south, A Sorba, U Casonu to The west, Castaldaccia (Castel d Aciu), Insuritu, Pantanu to the north, Ulmiccia, A Na vaghja to The east. It is in the hamlet of PANTANU that it is to be found the church of Santa Maria Assunta, near the Punta di Murato believed to contain Roman remains, and a locality known as Santa Lucia after a medieval sanctuary. TIROLU, CARPULITANU, VIGNALEDDA and FUNTANEDDA are the other hamlets of the village.

Museum of the Alta Rocca

Archeology and ethnography are associated in this museum, testimony to ten thousand years of human occupation. Here is to be found "the Lady of Bonifacio", the oldest human remains discovered in Corsica (6570 BC). The artefacts presented come from the Pianu di Livia (the Levie plateau), the sites of the Alta Rocca and from the coastal regions historicalty linked to this region. The exhibits illustrate the way of life of populations from the Preneolithic (around 8000 BC) to the Middle Ages (16th century). Note: an admirably sculpted Christ in ivory. This sculpture, believed to be of the school of Donatello, was presented to Levie by a native of the village ; Felice PERE TTI, better known as Sixtus V, Pope from 1585 to 1590. Opening hours: Jury-August : 10am to 6pm every day. September-June : 10am to noon : 2pm ta 4.30pm Closed on Sundays, Mondays and bank holidays. Guided visits may be booked beforehand (Tel: 04.95.78.46 34 /04.95 78.47.98)

The archeological sites

Cucuruzzu

 

The Casteddu di Cucuruzzu includes a protolithic village constructed during the Eady Bronze Age (around 1800 BC), a circular tower built during the Middle Bronze Age (about 1500 BC) and a monumental structure: built alter a peasant rebellion during the Late Bronze Age. Inside the casteddu are the chambers used for various crafts, storerooms for reserves, cereals The Casteddu is a marvel of Bronze Age architecture. It is now listed as a historic monument and registered as world hentage by UNESCO. From this spacious promontory, you may admire the wide circular views over the nearby villages and mountains.

Capula

This Casteddu built on an oak-covered hillock was the very heart of feudalism. It constitutes a part of the fascinating medieval history of the Alta Rocca. You may reach the summit by a ramp which would in the past have been passable on horseback. The architecture of these massive walls is varied : small cubes of granite with a lime mortar (dating from the Middle Ages) and walls of larger blocks of granite erected during the Bronze and Iron Ages. From this casteddu the struggles against the Saracens were organized and from the 9th century Ugo Cotonna led the fight to reestablish the faith.The Biancolacci feudal family built a castie as headquarters of their district.. The casteddu of Capula, an important example of medieval architecture, is guarded by an armed statue-menhir dating from the Bronze Age.

Opening houes:
The sites are open from the first spring holidays until 15th October, from 9am to 6pm : in July and August from 9am to 8pm. In winter guided visits for groups may be pre-booked. Tel: 04.95.78.48.21. A complete visit to the sites takes about 1 1/2 hours. You will be provided with a walkman (French, English, German, Italian) or a written guide in French, English. German, Italian, Dutch and Corsican. Reception area for the ancheological sites of the Pianu di Livia Tel : 04.95.78 48.21.